Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Thirty-four or "First Time for Everything"

I have a confession to make: I'm not much of an internet clothes shopper. My previous attempts have generally been unsuccessful resulting in a mournful traipse to the post office to return items which looked blooming marvellous in the picture but shockingly awful on moi in real life. I blame it on my weird proportions, being short yet curvy generally means I have to try things on in order to establish the correct fit/style/length etc.

HOWEVER several recent purchases have had much more positive outcomes - hurrah! screams my wardrobe (but not my wallet). Now, I only recently heard of Lavish Alice and if you haven't yet then you must check them out IMMEDIATELY... after you've finished reading this, obvs. I think they're exclusively online and their clothes are VERY COOL. I bought a dress from them for the first time the other day, here it is:

The tights are black, not brown. Despite appearances.


A midi-length is another first for me but I thought I would give it a whirl, and it turned out to not be as unflattering as I'd feared. However, I'm still thinking about getting the dress shortened a little so it sits just below the knee... or maybe I won't. I can't decide. Help!

Check out the paint splodge print in close-up, that's what first caught my eye, I love it:

I reckon this dress would work really well in summer, but as it is now winter (booo!) I obviously couldn't swan about without some extra layers on top. I threw on a black long-length cardigan, although in hindsight I think a shorter one would actually look better. But hey, this is what I was wearing yesterday when I took the photos, so we'll all just have to deal with it.

I must mention another first for me here: taking photos in the p1ssing rain! I hope you appreciate my dedication.

Forgive my indulgence here, another first: I've just discovered Pic Monkey for editing photos and creating collages, so I'm having a little fun with photos, yay!

And my last, but certainly not least, first: I discovered that one of my workmates is also a blogger! Check out the lovely Saule from Sunshine Days, she randomly stumbled upon my site and now I have someone to bounce blog ideas off, woo! She also kindly braved the rain with me to get these shots after we waited the entire day for the rain to pass. It didn't. Bravo Saule, you rock!

Dress: Lavish Alice (here)
Cardigan: Primark (new)
Boots: Topshop (old)

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Sunday, 25 November 2012

Thirty-three or "Hyper Japan"

So friends, on Saturday I went to Hyper Japan - a Japanese culture extravaganza held at Earls Court in London. Anyone who has ever met me in the last few years will know that I used to live in Japan and I'll wax lyrical about my time there at any opportunity... seriously, even I would probably avoid me at parties! (See this earlier blog post where I talk a bit more about my experiences: Ten or Kawaii, ne).

My outfit for the day consisted of pieces that I've had for absolute ages, except the T-shirt which is fairly new. You can't see it properly, but it's oversized, has rolled-up sleeves and is a lovely shade of marl green. Not quite matcha green, but whatevs.

Everyone should have these gloves!

Ghostly goings on next to me. Or slow shutter speed.

Anyway, I dragged my boyfriend along (who has never been to Japan) and we immersed ourselves in all things kawaii (cute), oishii (nyom), manga, technological (a robotic hand!), traditional and many more besides. I took a shed-load of photos and thought I would share a choice few, in case you're interested.

I find Japanese street fashion by far the most visually interesting of any I've ever seen. Never since have I witnessed a populace so consistently well-turned out and immaculately presented, no matter what personal style they're rocking. Of course at Hyper Japan the most common sartorial theme was Lolita and Manga - check out these beauties:

This is an actual real person, despite resembling a mannequin

Rather more traditional attire

Here's a few other things which caught my eye, bringing back many random memories:

iPhone cases and the ubiquitous Kitty-chan

Japanese crockery. LOVE IT!

Just cute

Wig out

Kimonos up high

Kawaii jewellery

Takoyaki AKA octopus balls. Yup.

Matt found himself a Manga-me. He wishes.

We rounded off the day by eating in a Japanese restaurant back in Crouch End. Here I am chowing down on some tempura and rice, or 'ten-don' as I snootily refer to it. Muchos soz for the blurry picture here and in general above, but we're both consistently crap photographers. Who knew?

Shirt & Dress (worn as Skirt): H&M (old)
T-shirt: Topshop (here)
Boots & Bag: Primark (old)

Coat: Wolsey (here)

Did you know that you can Google+ me as well as follow me on Twitter, Google Friend Connect AND Bloglovin? You can, you know! Just click on the appropriate buttons up yonder.

On a totally unrelated note, who doesn't love getting free stuff? The lovely Helen at The Lovecats Inc is doing a Christmas themed giveaway of items from Lush - sign me up, I want to win!

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Thirty-two or "Sequins and Ruby Slippers"

A few posts ago I mentioned how I was the lucky winner of a £50 gift voucher for Krisp clothing, courtesy of the lovely Mel from MediaMarmalade (check out her blog here).  I thought I would take the opportunity today to share the first of my chosen items.

With the Christmas party season coming up I decided to go for a full-on party dress in the guise of a black shift with sequins in abundance. I'm a sucker for a bit of retro styling and the 60's shape doesn't disappoint. Sadly my usual size was already out of stock so I had to go one size up... even so this particular dress is uber-short, which on a person of normal height could present some problems... but not for moi! Behold:

I'll be throwing some spectacular shapes on the dancefloor!

To suitably party-up this dress even more I accessorised with a Christmas bauble-esque necklace and Minnie Mouse heels for a splash of festive flavour:

I'll totally be rocking this look at my work's Christmas party next month, but haven't decided yet whether to go with the red heels, or maybe some ankle boots and more sheer tights instead. I'm even flirting with the idea of bare legs, however you may have noticed how alarmingly pale I am, so several coats of fake tan would be necessary for that... let's file that under 'very unlikely to happen'.

Precarious steps and heels situation

WOBBLE!! (+ scary face)

Dress*: Krisp (check them out here)
Shoes: Dorothy Perkins via eBay
Necklace: H&M

Thanks again, Krisp and MediaMarmalade - you totally came to the rescue for my Christmas party outfit!

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Thirty-one or "Liebster Award"

So I have to thank Hannah from Sporadic Intentions for kindly nominating me for the Liebster Award, which is lovely of her, but I have no idea what it is. A little internet research didn't tell me if there is an *actual* award, but it seems to be kind of like a chain letter for bloggers... I'm not averse to that, and if it helps boost awareness for myself and other blogs, well why the heck not.

There are rules:

-  You must post 11 random facts about yourself;
-  Answer the 11 questions from the person who chose you;
-  You must also create a new set of 11 questions for who you tag;
-  You must tag 11 bloggers with under 200 followers and let them know - you cannot tag
   them back. (I think this means that they can't tag me back).
-  I'm adding my own rule here: let's encourage everyone to join these blogs' Google Friend
   Connects...  surely that's the whole point, to boost readership, right?

 So let's get started.  Firstly my 11 random facts all about moi:

1. I'm an Aquarius yet never read my horoscope;
2. My cat is called Mango, which of course I realise is a fruit, not an animal;
3. I'm a great multi-tasker: case in point, I'm writing this AND watching Modern Family both         at the same time;
4. I have an irrational fear of bananas in supermarkets...
5. ...and spiders. That's definitely a phobia, though. Fact #4 is caused by Fact #5;
6. I was obsessed with vampires WAY before Twilight came along. And Buffy.
7. I read Enid Blyton and Chalet School books as a child which made me want to go to
    boarding school and have a midnight feast. And climb the Magic Faraway Tree.
8. I taught English in Japan for three years;
9. I've also lived in Gibraltar and France;
10. I speak a poor combination of French and Japanese - Frapanese!
11. I've never accomplished any of my goals in Fact #7. I'm over them now.

The questions posed to me:

1. Have you always been interested in fashion?
Yes, ALWAYS. I grew up with two older brothers and didn't appreciate having to wear their hand-me-downs. No wonder I thought I was a boy!

2. Do you get inspiration from books/music?
My music taste has influenced my fashion choices since I was a teenager. I'm very much into indie/rock/guitar bands and my fashion choices lean slightly more to alternative than mainstream.

3. Do you always follow trends?
I like to stay aware of current trends, but will only ever wear something if I think it suits me.

4. Is fashion in your family?
No. It's definitely bypassed certain members of my family... hi, Dad!

5. Potter or Hunger Games?
Hunger Games. I love the Harry Potter books but Katniss kicks ass.

6. Vogue or Elle?
I don't actually read either. Shocker!

7. Canon or Nikon?
I'm currently borrowing a friend's Nikon.

8. Are your nails as much of a statement as your clothes?
I have been known to coordinate outfits around my nails...

9. Jumpers or cardigans?
Both. Not at the same time.

10. Starbucks or Costa?
Costa is the poor man's Starbucks.

11. Paris or New York?
Paris, je t'aime. I <3 NY.

Here's my eleven questions for those blogs I tag:
1. Why did you start your blog?
2. Biggest fashion calamity?
3. Favourite cheese?
4. TOWIE or Made in Chelsea?
5. This season's must-buy item?
6. Best beauty tip?
7. Your favourite blog?
8. Where do you get your fashion inspiration?
9. Your most overused phrase?
10. How many languages can you swear/curse in?
11. Skinny jeans or disco pants?

And here's who I'm tagging: let me know when you've answered!
London-bred Ladies Who Lunch
Elegant Chaos
Love From Lucie
Jessica Louise Catherine
An Accidental Discovery
Going the Extra Style
What We Where
In the Land of Style

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Thirty or "Trooping Home"

This past weekend I headed up north to my home town and left the London flat (and the cat) in the care of Matt. Such a trip, especially at this time of year, usually calls for maximum warmth in the form of plentiful jumpers and coats, so I layered myself up and off I went. Cue unseasonably mild weather shocker that I was totally unprepared for, yet welcomed profusely.

By Saturday I had already exhausted Stafford's limited fashion outlets, so my mum and I took ourselves off to the Birmingham Bullring, otherwise know as the Midlands mecca for merchandise... that's my name for it, anyway. I took the opportunity to wear a new Topshop purchase, a black sleeveless tunic-type top which is shorter at the front and longer at the back... a mullet top??* The weather was mild, but hardly tropical, so I layered this up with my still-favourite camouflage shirt.

*A quick bit of research has taught me that this style is in fact termed a 'step back hem tank'. I think a mullet top sounds much more catchy.

Not the most flattering of poses, but you get the idea with the back hem length

You can't quite see it in the photos above, but I was wearing another new Topshop find, a fantastic rose-gold coloured spiked bracelet. I completely failed to get an outdoor shot of this, so have recreated that day's armourage back in London. 

Mango wasn't interested as there was no food involved

My mum took these photos, she's even shorter than me

Shirt, Socks & Necklace: Primark
Mullet Top, Leggings, Ring & Bracelet: Topshop
Boots: Runway Shoes
Nails: Scarlet Red by SensatioNail (courtesy of my lovely friend Jo)

By the way, can anybody help me with my latest clothing quest? I'm after a fluffy slouchy black cardigan. It must be VERY fluffy... where oh where can I find such a thing?

P.S. I've been playing around with the design and layout of my blog recently and have added some new features. See that Google Friend Connect button towards the top on the right... just give it a little click... go on, it won't hurt.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Twenty-nine or "All About Accessories"

Have you got an outfit that just makes you look way cooler than you really feel? I experienced this exact scenario just the other day and it made me so happy! It was a simple outfit that with a few key additions and accessories made me fall head over heels with the entire ensemble.. let me talk you through this cast of kick-ass characters.

First off, the basics: essentially a jumper and jeans. Admittedly this is a spectacular 'cold shoulder' jumper from last winter that I rediscovered in a quest through my wardrobe for ANYTHING WITH SLEEVES to wear to work in a permanently arctic office. Obvious point to mention: having large holes, intentional or otherwise, in one's clothes does not aid warmth. 

Already feeling cool. And chilly.

Cold shoulders, yep. And inevitable windswept hair.

Now let's look at my new boots. These are so awesome and surprisingly comfortable. I agonised for ages as to whether I should get them in black or brown and briefly dallied with the idea of getting both as they're ONLY £35 (!!) from Runway Shoes. Thankfully for my bank account, common sense kicked in just before I clicked past the button of no return and I got only the brown pair. I take solace knowing the black pair still await me.

It was a cold day both inside and outside the office so I took the opportunity to dig out two other items from years past, each of which instantly up the cool factor: my goes-with-everything beloved furry coat and MOST FABULOUS cloche hat. I'm obsessed with cloches, they really ring my bell! *Hangs head in shame at terrible pun*.

The last accessory to share is a rather traumatic new addition to my life: a pair of glasses. I've managed to exist all this time without ever needing glasses, however a couple of weeks ago I admitted defeat and took myself off to the opticians for a long overdue eye test, resulting in, actually, a pretty cool set of glasses (and blooming expensive lenses.. I didn't know you had to pay for those on top of the price of the frames, AARGH *credit card snaps in two of its own accord*).

Too specsy for this coat

So there we have it. I feel like I could viably hang with the cool kids in Dalston and not look out of place! Do I want to do that? Not especially...

P.S. I also have to mention my nails: a glorious ultra-dark black cherry hue from Nails Inc. A happy coincidence that coordinated particularly well with this get-up.

Jumper, Coat & Rings: Topshop
Jeans: Topshop Petite
Boots: Runway Shoes
Hat: H&M
Glasses: Superdry
Nails: Victoria by Nails Inc

OK, I realise that 14 photos is a little over the top for one blog post, but considering I don't plan on ever leaving my desk whilst wearing my glasses, I thought I should share as many pictures of them as possible as a one-time-only opportunity for you to have a butchers. They may never feature again!

P.S. Again. I've been playing around with the design and layout of my blog recently and have added some new features. See that Google Friend Connect button towards the top on the right... just give it a little click... go on, it won't hurt.


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